Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said Monday, “The world is gonna end in twelve years if we don’t address climate change.”
The 29-year-old former bartender made the remark at a Martin Luther King Day event at Riverside Church in New York City during an interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Video clips of her comments were posted online. Transcript below.
One version was posted with captions on Facebook by The People for Bernie Sanders.
The fuller context of her statement was posted to Twitter by Tom Elliott with Grabien.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 22, 2019
“…and I think that the part of it that is generational is that millennials, and people and you know, Gen-Z, and all these folks that come after us, are looking up and we’re like, ‘the world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change, and your biggest issue is, your, your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it?’
“And like, this is the war, this is our World War II. And…I think for younger people we’re looking at this and we’re like ‘how, how are we saying, let’s take it easy when 3,000 Americans died last year?’
“How are we saying let’s take it easy, when the nth person has just died from, from our cruel and unjust criminal justice system? How are we saying, take it easy when the America that we’re living in today is so dystopian with people sleeping in their cars so that they can work a second job without health care?
“And we’re told to settle down. I don’t, it’s a fundamental separation between that, that fierce urgency of now, the why we can’t wait that King spoke of, that at some point these chronic realities do reach a breaking point. And I think for our generation, it’s reached that. And, I wish I didn’t have to be, you know, doing every post but sometimes I, I, I just feel like people aren’t being held accountable. And until we all start pitching in and holding people accountable, I’m just gonna let ’em have it!”